The Rockdale-Newton Section of NCNW was created in late 2012. It was founded by and organized under the leadership of Rhonda Taylor. Affiliated with NCNW for more than 3 decades, she wanted to create a sisterhood unbiased for women in Rockdale and Newton counties in Georgia, that would serve the communities. The section was chartered May 2013 with 92 members and has been active ever since. The chartering Board included Rhonda Taylor, President; Evetta Washington, 1st Vice President; Laura Pinkins Davis, 2nd Vice President; Bobbie Shepherd, Treasurer and Sandra Scott, Secretary.
The Rockdale-Newton Section has hosted the Annual NCNW Legislative Day at the Capitol organizing all state and collegiate Sections to assemble at the Georgia State Capitol during lesislative session to advocate for NCNW platforms and hear from local Representatives. The Section's President and First Vice President served on the founding committee formed to establish the Georgia State NCNW. The section created a youth group "Young Ladies of Excellence" to groom girls ages 12 to 18 and has provided more than $10k in scholarships to graduating high school seniors matriculating to higher education.
The Section has participated in a number of health & wellness, mental health, human trafficking and youth seminars; and participated in the annual M.L.K. parades and programs, Black History programs and sponsored a number of community cleanups, recognitions, youth and economic empowerment projects. Supporting and collaborating on initiatives with other local non-profit organizations has allowed the Section to broaden it's reach within the community.
Debbie Hillman, the Section's 2nd President spearheaded "The Good Health Wins" initiative, providing informnation about health needs and innovations as well as our partnership with Black Voters Matter, where the Section has participated in the Collard Greens giveaway, providing COVID PPE and back to school supplies in the community.
Evetta Washington, the Section's current president was elected in July of 2022. She is on a mission to increase the membership and has implemented a number of new initiatives including the Family Search Family Tree project, established our partnership with Rockdale Coalition for Children & Families, coordinated the Women's History Month activity and has undergirded the anniversary committee.
The Section has garnered the reputation as the premier political forum facilitator. Partnering with the NAACP and League of Women Voters (Rockdale and Newton Chapters). The Section has hosted a number of non-partisan forums, meet & greets, town halls and is know for hosting one of the largest state candidacy forums.
The Rockdale-Newton Section has hosted and/or collaborated to sponsor community initiatives and has participated in a number of service projects including:
The Gospel Explosion
The Lady Loved Her Hats Community Award and Recognition Luncheon
The Valentine's Gala
Collaborative initiative include the Seasonal Wraps Campaign & Angel Tree Project, Back to School Supply Giveaway
Worship in Pink Sunday Service in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month